Colchester Causeway bike and walking trail scheduled to reopen Thursday after repairs

The Colchester Causeway is back on track.

The bike and walking trail that extends from Colchester’s Airport Park into Lake Champlain will reopen to the public Thursday, the town announced Wednesday on social media.

“The contractor responsible for the work finished ahead of the scheduled date of September 8, 2020,” the town of Colchester posted. “This concludes a project that replaced about 10% of the Causeway’s total volume of material that was lost in a severe windstorm and resulting high waves in May 2018.”

Washouts on the Colchester causeway narrowed the path, in some cases restricting travel to single-file only before repairs. Photographed August 24, 2019.

The project was funded with approximately $1.8 million in state and federal money and $30,000 in local funds, according to the post.

The Causeway, which also provides fishing access, was shut down last September with plans for the work to be done by Memorial Day. WPTZ reported last month that the reopening was delayed because the arrival of early winter weather in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic in March slowed the project.

The bicycling organization Local Motion operates a ferry that conveys cyclists across a gap in the Causeway that allows boats to pass through. The ferry brings passengers across so they can continue to cycle through the Champlain Islands.

The marble causeway between Colchester and South Hero, Vermont, is viewed from an airplane on July 8, 2019. Rail traffic plied this route between Burlington and Montreal from 1899 until 1961.

Local Motion planned to reopen the ferry in September based on the previous target date for finishing the repairs to the Causeway. No one from Local Motion responded to an email Wednesday from the Burlington Free Press asking if the ferry will reopen sooner now that the Causeway repairs are done.

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at (802) 660-1844 or bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com. Follow Brent on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrentHallenbeck.

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